Regional Early Childhood Centers Locations and Programs

Howard County Public Schools offer a continuum of services for eligible children birth through five years of age who have developmental delays and/or autism or related disorders. The continuum provides for a range of services and methodologies. The frequency and intensity of services may be adjusted at any time based on the child’s needs.

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Bullying Prevention Must be Everyone’s Concern

Everyone is affected by bullying. The victim, the bully, and those who witness bullying suffer negative consequences. “Bullying can lead to low self-esteem, depression, isolation, and alienation in both the bully and the victim long after the incidents have ended. In addition, many victims of bullying do not want to come to school,

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MPT Special: Today’s Student Tomorrow’s Workforce

A Maryland Public Television education special, Today’s Student Tomorrow’s Workforce highlights the new Common Core State Standards and how students are being prepared for college and careers. The program, originally aired on Nov. 21, 2013, features expert panelists who discuss how the more rigorous curriculum in mathematics and language arts can best prepare students in…

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The School Discipline Process

A Handbook for Maryland Families and Professionals Disability Rights Maryland Every year Maryland school systems suspend thousands of students, many of whom have disabilities. When students are suspended they lose instructional time and their learning is interrupted. The shared goal of educators and families should be to keep students in school and learning.

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What's Up with Nick?

Teaching School Peers about Autism

Peers are naturally curious about their classmates with autism. They want to know how to meet and hang out with them. Teaching peers about autism will help them better understand their classmates who are on the autism spectrum and the idiosyncrasies associated with these disorders. With increased understanding, the focus will shift away from characteristics…

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SECAC Fall Forum 2013

If you missed the annual Fall Forum of the Howard County SECAC (Special Education Community Advisory Committee) on Oct. 14, 2013, view the SECAC Forum presentation for an overview of important topics discussed, including the Common Core Standards.

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A Guide for Transition to Adulthood

One’s transition to adulthood is more than a chronological age. It is a time of increased independence, responsibility, and accomplishment. Why, then, should adulthood for the person with an autism spectrum disorder be viewed any differently? The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) publishes A Guide for Transition to Adulthood, part of the OAR Life Journey Through…

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Resource Teachers: School by School Assignments

Each Howard County public school is assigned an instructional facilitator and a resource teacher to assist the special education team within the building. Parents are encouraged to know who to call for additional assistance from the Office of Special Education (or “central office”).  See the 2020-2021 list of HCPSS Special Education Instructional Facilitator/Resource Teacher Assignments.

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